Comment on The End of Anonymity

Sun, Aug 22, 2010
The only way you can be sure to have your communications secure is through keeping it encrypted and keeping it off the record, along with authenticity checking.  is the only implementation I really know that covers this all in a way I feel is satisfactory.

It's not all that hard to sniff out any plaintext data. Just don't do it. Even if you don't think you have anything to hide, that attitude right there opens you right up to becoming a victim of someone who doesn't give a damn about you.

I think that for something like the sticker network to be totally good, is for modular (As in update-able) encryption to be made mandatory.

There's a history to privacy on the internet, the development of the internet itself, and a lot of it has to do with the fine folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I'm surprised nobody's mentioned them yet. The US government actually (and this repulses me) used to officially consider encryption under the same conditions as a weapon. The internet's infrastructure itself was a military creation. Then all the acidheads in our tripped out ways felt this was fucked up on a deep level, and have been taking creative measures to fix it, all in order to make computers FOR humans rather than AGAINST. We're still at it. There's a lot of well-recorded history behind it all. You likely wouldn't even be interfacing with your computer in the way you are now reading this if it wasn't for the sixties going down the way it did.

If you wanna take the time to get really freaky deaky into detail about this and how it all relates to other understandings emerging as extremely powerful forces in our lives, such as cybernetics and political history, I found this documentary was a good primer:

The problem is that those who consider themselves authorities are complete idiots when it comes to understanding technology on a practical level. All I need to say is "series of tubes" and I'm sure most of you know what I'm talking about. Technology is showing them for the ignorant, manipulative, and insane people they are more than anything else has in a long time - They claim they know what's up but to those who really do (And even those who don't), the truth contrary to their version of it is obvious. System administrators will pretty much refuse to adapt to the ludicrous amount of work that it would take to actually monitor everything, as they have already with the RIAA attempting to pull that trick through trying to pass legislation. It sucks that those who do have control of the infrastructure, but really, us hackers have always been winning the whole way along, and I really don't see that changing any time soon - We're the ones who have created everything working what you're looking at now and whenever the control system tries to make its versions of things based upon their obsolete world-view, their junk tends to get put on the wayside because it's simply not as appealing. Would you rather have free, delicious microbrewery beer flavoured with spices or 7 dollar bottle of bud at a bar you don't want to be in filled with idiots? Same goes for open-source, liberty-minded projects vs. horribly broken proprietary alternatives.